[Stars & Stripes]In a trio of daring missions, Navy SEAL Team 6 freed an American ship captain held hostage by Somali pirates in 2009, killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011, and rescued two hostages in Somalia — an American and a Dane — in 2012.
[IRIN]Cape Town -It is a Saturday in Cape Town. In many parts of South Africa’s second largest metropolitan area people mill about, inspecting baby cabbages and shitake mushrooms at one of a dozen or so relatively new farmers’ markets trading in organic or “natural” and – perhaps equally important to these consumers – local produce.
[IRIN]Abidjan -The recent confirmation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that charges against Lauren Gbagbo still stand has reignited criticism about the court’s approach to Côte d’Ivoire and its alleged failure to deal even-handedly with a highly complex post-conflict situation.
[SSP]Regime Gives Janjaweed Genocidaires New Name, Weapons, and a License to Kill
[Premium Times]The Nigerian government has come under local and international condemnation over its far-from-impressive handling of the Chibok abduction.
[WFP]In Cameroon up to 1 out of 3 refugee children from Central African Republic suffer from malnutrition, a recent United Nations assessment found. Kinday Samba, WFP senior nutritionist, was part of the assessment mission
[Centre 4s]Today, while the promises of prosperity are tremendous and the challenges to insecurity real, the entire Sahara – Sahel region and the Maghreb often seems to be mostly looking back, in the rear mirror.
[IPS]Nairobi -An African proverb says that every woman who gives birth has one foot on her grave.
[IRIN]Antananarivo -As anticipated, the US government has reinstated preferential trade status for Madagascar on its 54th independence day anniversary, providing hope for the country’s embattled economy.
[UN News]Reiterating the commitment of the United Nations to ridding the world of anti-personnel landmines, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for accelerating efforts towards achieving this goal and strengthening adherence to the global treaty dealing with the issue.